holy crap.. do i have the worst luck or what?
last year this happened to my left boot:
I had it sent back to Alden and they repaired it.
The post-repairs were sloppy IMHO (stitching wasn't centered all around - check out the pic) but I didn't think too much. I guess I should have seen this coming:
Both times, during winter too. I guess this will give me an excuse to buy new boots for fall/winter as these boots will be sent back again.....